Jean-Louis Seguineau has written a useful taxonomy of presence and awareness this morning.Â He breaks awareness up into four categories:
- availability awareness, which relates to the availability of people and objects.
- contextual awareness, which includes physical, social and mental context.
- group awareness, which promotes the feeling of belonging to a group.
- workplace awareness, which is knowledge of tasks within the virtual environment.
And then provides two definitions of presence:
the degree of perception of the other person in a mediated communication and the consequent perception of their interpersonal interaction.
a temporary judgment of the nature of interaction with the other, as limited or augmented by the medium.
Today’s presence systems are about little more than availability awareness, and perhaps that’s the biggest problem with them. Far from being useful mediators in communications, they are in fact more intrusive than valuable.Â
That is, in fact, the problem we set out to solve with iotum.Â